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Quotations From GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

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  • 31.
    He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1905). Andrew Undershaft, in Major Barbara, act 3, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 3, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).
  • 32.
    Every dream is a prophecy: every jest is an earnest in the womb of Time.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1904). Father Keegan, in John Bull's Other Island, act 4, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 2, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).

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  • 33.
    A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1914). Misalliance, preface, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 4, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).

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  • 34.
    I can't talk religion to a man with bodily hunger in his eyes.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1905). Barbara Undershaft, in Major Barbara, act 2, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 3, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).
  • 35.
    Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Hypatia, in Misalliance.
  • 36.
    Laws, religions, creeds, and systems of ethics, instead of making society better than its best unit, make it worse than its average unit, because they are never up to date.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1895). The Sanity of Art, Major Critical Essays, Constable (1948).
  • 37.
    If parents would only realize how they bore their children!
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1910). Hypatia, in Misalliance, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 4, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).

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  • 38.
    Better see rightly on a pound a week than squint on a million.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant, preface (1898).
  • 39.
    The British blockade won the war; but the wonder is that the British blockhead did not lose it. I suppose the enemy was no wiser. War is not a sharpener of wits.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1919). O'Flaherty, V.C., preface, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 4, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).

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  • 40.
    Whenever I see the word Operation, especially Trifling Operation, I at once write off the patient as dead.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Letter, July 27, 1949, to Gabriel Pascal. Bernard Shaw and Gabriel Pascal, vol. 3, The Correspondence of Bernard Shaw, ed. Bernard F. Dukore, University of Toronto Press (scheduled 1995).
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